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Examples of extricate in a Sentence
Several survivors were extricated from the wreckage.
They extricated the tractor from the mud.
She hasn't been able to extricate herself from her legal problems.
Recent Examples of extricate from the Web
The truck was pinned against the tree, and both occupants had to be extricated, which took about 20 minutes, the release said.
Both he and Smith had to be extricated from the car.
The Sacramento Fire Department responded and used special equipment to extricate him.
The Fire Department used special equipment to extricate Berube from the chimney.
By the time Janet Yellen became chair in February 2014, the central bank’s main job was extricating itself from the hyper-expansionary policies left over from the Great Recession.
Haunted by original sin and nourished by dreams of upward mobility, family sagas rarely extricate themselves from a sense of inevitability.
In addition to tours, a highlight of Station 2's open house will be demonstrations of how the department extricates people stuck in vehicles that have been in accidents.
The driver was extricated from the car and airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in the Chicago area for serious incapacitating injuries.
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Did You Know?
It can take an ample amount of dexterity - manual, verbal, or mental - to free yourself from a tangled situation. This can be seen in extricate, a word derived from Latin extricatus, which combines the prefix ex- ("out of") with the noun tricae, meaning "trifles or perplexities." (The resemblance of tricae to our word trick is no illusion; it’s an ancestor.) While a number of words (such as "disentangle") share with extricate the meaning of "to free from difficulty," extricate suggests the act of doing so with care and ingenuity, as in "Through months of careful budgeting, he was able to extricate himself from his financial burdens."
Origin and Etymology of extricate
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
Synonymsclear, disembarrass, disengage, disentangle, free, liberate, release, untangle, cut loose
Related Wordsdeliver, redeem, rescue, save; disburden, disencumber, unburden; unravel, unsnarl, untie, untwine
Near Antonymsblock, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct; burden, encumber, load, weigh
Synonym Discussion of extricate
- extricated himself from financial difficulties
- disentangling fact from fiction
- untangle a web of deceit
- an article disencumbered of jargon
- disembarrassed herself of her advisers
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